After the second of three Prime Minsterial TV Debates viewers expressed opinions on the BBCs Have Your Say discussion forum. Our sentiment analysis represents over 375 immediate comments on Gordon Brown and Labour Party, David Cameron and Conservative Party and Nick Clegg and Liberal Democrats.
View public opinion on this topic after the first debate
For this piece of analysis, we looked to see how closely in context the various party leaders were to a number of relevant key words (chosen by us) that were focussed on the issues of corruption (words like corrupt, scandal, expenses). The higher the score, the closer in context the particular leader is to these words in the discussion forum. This means that a higher score indicates that the party leader is closer in context to corruption views on MPs and parliament in general.
This analysis demonstrates how the words used by the public immediately after the debate can be analysed using a quantitative analysis of the public’s opinion based on what they actually say.
We will continue this analysis over the coming days, by analysing online discussions on the three leaders, and therefore show how trends are forming in the days running up to the election.